'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Down Sharply from Wednesday, But Still #1 on Thursday with $9.96MDecember 19, 2014 12:55 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in $9.96 million on Thursday. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down a sharp 59 percent from Wednesday's performance. The large daily percentage decline on Thursday isn't the greatest initial sign going forward, though it should be noted that such a large percentage of Wednesday's reported gross coming from Tuesday night shows does inflate Thursday's percentage decrease a bit. In comparison, 2002's The Two Towers fell 47 percent on its first Thursday to gross $13.88 million. With a two-day start of $34.41 million, The Battle of the Five Armies is running 14 percent behind the $40.04 million take of The Two Towers. At its current pace, The Battle of the Five Armies appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $85 million.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings held steady in second place with $1.22 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down 7 percent from Wednesday. Exodus: Gods and Kings placed in second for the week (behind The Battle of the Five Armies) with a seven-day start of $30.84 million. While that was on the low end of pre-release expectations, the film is off to an underwhelming start with its price tag in mind and has been displaying early signs of being significantly front-loaded for a December release.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in $1.09 million to remain in third. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise increased 6 percent over Wednesday and was down a healthy 24 percent from last Thursday. Mockingjay - Part 1 placed in third for the week with $17.28 million. That represented a 38 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to $281.48 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 is now $18.52 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the day with $0.502 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up 9 percent from Wednesday and down only 2 percent from last Thursday. Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the week with $9.11 million. That was down 30 percent from the previous week and brings the film's 23-day total to an underwhelming $60.65 million.

Paramount's Top Five continued to claim sixth place with $0.439 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down 2 percent from Wednesday. Top Five rounded out the week's top five with a seven-day start of $8.89 million, which was on the low end of expectations. The film will be playing in 1,307 locations this weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 29 - Sun, Dec. 1

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$74,179,601-53%4,1630$17,819$296,295,6572Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$67,391,32627589%3,7423741$18,009$93,933,2262Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$11,085,296-22%3,286-427$3,373$186,705,0864Disney
4The Best Man Holiday$8,172,920-35%1,717-324$4,760$63,088,4753Universal
5Homefront$6,915,241--2,570--$2,691$9,740,4191Open Road
6Delivery Man$6,835,841-14%3,0360$2,252$19,356,3832Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$4,864,861698%1,2341164$3,942$7,864,9204Fox
8Black Nativity$3,669,530--1,516--$2,421$4,779,7231Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$2,692,525-38%1,854-1072$1,452$58,598,6725CBS Films
10Gravity$2,556,188-20%1,016-829$2,516$249,699,0499Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$2,305,038-19%1,165-309$1,979$33,155,2427Fox Searchlight
12Free Birds$1,835,178-66%2,287-784$802$53,266,9095Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,766,420-49%1,503-1122$1,175$98,779,6296Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Philomena$3,676,0012762%835831$4,402$4,637,4192Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$2,517,176-6%69630$3,617$10,215,7045Focus
3Ender's Game$1,214,778-39%843-1192$1,441$59,381,2305Lionsgate / Summit
4Captain Phillips$1,148,004-37%807-849$1,423$102,723,9558Sony / Columbia
5Oldboy (2013)$885,382--583--$1,519$1,282,6651FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$730,965124%10274$7,166$1,479,3313Paramount Vantage
7The Christmas Candle$387,457-53%352-40$1,101$1,613,3223EchoLight Studios
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$386,941-55%707-414$547$115,033,80910Sony / Columbia
9About Time$374,035-70%331-719$1,130$14,663,6585Universal
10Despicable Me 2$340,160-1%271-24$1,255$366,932,48022Universal
11All Is Lost$193,252-47%154-193$1,255$5,306,1457Roadside Attractions
12Ram-Leela$170,771-63%2040$837$2,633,8853Eros International
13Enough Said$121,341-50%121-112$1,003$17,194,87611Fox Searchlight
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$106,7410%163-22$655$68,239,40117Fox
15We're the Millers$97,036-15%164-31$592$150,368,97117Warner Bros. / New Line
16Prisoners$92,698-28%203-52$457$60,962,87811Warner Bros.
17Insidious: Chapter 2$89,377-15%140-45$638$83,458,69212FilmDistrict
19The Family (2013)$54,009-14%1304$415$36,809,72612Relativity Media
20Escape Plan$47,761-64%141-126$339$24,555,7597Lionsgate / Summit
21Krrish3$2,856-89%2080$14$2,191,3435Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Great Beauty$133,051154%2320$5,785$255,1643Janus Films
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$114,506-37%94-48$1,218$1,650,5946IFC Films
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$84,283--4--$21,071$84,2831Weinstein Company
4Kill Your Darlings$68,043-32%74-4$920$760,5067Sony Pictures Classics
5Instructions Not Included$65,92012%68-12$969$44,407,42114Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$48,992-75%56-56$875$325,8842Reliance Entertainment
7Hubble 3D$48,51833%110$4,411$41,430,031194Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Saratov Approach$42,4889%27-7$1,574$1,411,4328Purdie Distribution
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$42,114-25%71-53$593$115,641,17716Weinstein Company
10Monsters University$38,130-24%97-20$393$268,449,86124Disney
11Blue Jasmine$37,602-22%33-10$1,139$32,744,63419Sony Pictures Classics
12The Armstrong Lie$32,092-25%31-6$1,035$194,8574Sony Pictures Classics
13The Counselor$30,260-52%78-51$388$16,856,8986Fox
14Singh Saab the Great$30,134-78%540$558$210,9402Eros International
15Space Station 3D$27,18378%41$6,796$89,506,007607IMAX
16The Punk Singer$24,729--3--$8,243$24,7291IFC Films
17Turbo$23,407-23%39-7$600$83,009,20220Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Don Jon$22,141-29%26-10$852$24,297,89310Relativity Media
19The Wolverine$20,757-13%35-8$593$132,550,96019Fox
20Baggage Claim$20,079-10%42-4$478$21,532,50010Fox Searchlight
21Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$17,286-40%63$2,881$57,4542IFC Films
22Wadjda$14,374-27%21-3$684$1,342,45512Sony Pictures Classics
23Muscle Shoals$12,847-7%20-5$642$634,87610Magnolia Pictures
24Bettie Page Reveals All$8,34472%21$4,172$14,8662Music Box Films
25Journey to the South Pacific$8,137--1--$8,137$9,3901IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
26Austenland$8,121-4%16-3$508$2,137,57316Sony Pictures Classics
27Go for Sisters$6,41821%63$1,070$31,3294Variance Films
28The Heat$5,662-35%250$226$159,568,80123Fox
29Deep Sea 3D$5,400-29%40$1,350$45,991,509405Warner Bros. / IMAX
30To the Arctic 3D$5,394-24%90$599$13,681,36785Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$5,135--1--$5,135$5,1351Cinema Guild
32In a World...$5,042-20%5-4$1,008$2,962,54217Roadside Attractions
33Short Term 12$4,848-32%6-7$808$1,000,70715Cinedigm
34Reaching for the Moon$4,748164%43$1,187$43,8384Wolfe Releasing
35Runner Runner$4,708-26%23-15$205$19,312,4809Fox
36The World's End$4,054-8%60$676$26,003,14915Focus
37I Am Divine$3,16258%50$632$46,6498The Film Collaborative
38Under the Sea 3D$2,98977%4-1$747$33,678,353251Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Faust$2,762-65%1-3$2,762$30,8623Leisure Time Features
4020 Feet from Stardom$2,608-51%6-1$435$4,774,37125RADiUS-TWC
41Inequality for All$2,286-55%9-4$254$1,162,78310RADiUS-TWC
42Narco Cultura$2,257-63%10$2,257$10,6102Cinedigm
43Born to Be Wild 3D$2,10120%5-3$420$23,101,355139Warner Bros. / IMAX
44The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$1,882-67%2-1$941$48,0985Zeitgeist Films
45A Touch of Sin$1,786-51%10$1,786$96,3719Kino Lorber
46Good Ol' Freda$1,667141%3-1$556$136,74213Magnolia Pictures
47The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,666-4%10$1,666$60,89110Rialto Pictures
48The End of Time$1,468--1--$1,468$1,4681First Run Features
49When Comedy Went to School$1,339259%43$335$227,73918International Film Circuit
50Fire in the Blood$1,286--4--$322$17,62813International Film Circuit
51Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,27328%20$637$9,1745International Film Circuit
52Contempt (2013 re-issue)$928--1--$928$33,23313Rialto Pictures
53Linsanity$757-22%32$252$285,2479Ketchup Entertainment
54Museum Hours$738--2--$369$547,04623Cinema Guild
55The Fifth Estate$698-78%6-10$116$3,254,1727Disney / DreamWorks
56Grace Unplugged$638-87%4-6$160$2,507,1069Roadside Attractions
57How I Live Now$630-62%3-4$210$60,2134Magnolia Pictures
58People of a Feather$517--1--$517$4,1714First Run Features
59Romeo and Juliet (2013)$428-87%120$36$1,161,0898Relativity Media
60Caught in the Web$361--1--$361$5791levelFILM / Vitagraph
61The Act of Killing$324-49%1-1$324$451,15720Drafthouse Films
62Camille Claudel 1915$311-54%1-1$311$22,5407Kino Lorber
63Big Sur$181-40%21$91$34,7905Ketchup Entertainment
64Let the Fire Burn$180-73%1-2$180$48,8519Zeitgeist Films
65Mr. Nobody$151-52%10$151$3,6005Magnolia Pictures
66Computer Chess$147--1--$147$101,66620Kino Lorber
67The Trials of Muhammad Ali$28-93%10$28$57,60715Kino Lorber